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  • Dixon High School
  • Holly Ridge, NC
  • More than a third of students from low‑income households Data about students' economic need comes from the National Center for Education Statistics, via our partners at MDR Education. Learn more

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Schools all across the country have stopped allocating funds to replacing classroom book sets. As an English teacher, this is a sad trend to witness. Teachers, including myself, will often purchase the books one at a time. However, it is costly to keep up a full classroom set. Each year I ask students to purchase novels and donate them when they can. I had success with this at a school I previously taught at in Kentucky. Then, I moved to a new district in North Carolina and the students here just did not have the funds to buy their own books. I found myself cutting and taping pages together, in an attempt to make the old yellowed classroom sets work. We finally just decided to read it online. The students expressed to me many times that they like the feel of holding a book in their hands. It was the feeling of turning pages in a novel and holding it up to see how many pages I had accomplished reading, that made me fall in love with reading as a child. I know it is still the same with students today. They need to feel that connection with the book, so I am asking for donations of the novel To Kill a Mockingbird, to keep novels in the classroom. Upon completing a novel, students design and create their own board games based on the characters and themes in the novel. We spend one class day playing the games, which they thoroughly enjoy. The rely heavily on the few printed copies I have of the copies of To Kill a Mockingbird to help them create their board games.

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Schools all across the country have stopped allocating funds to replacing classroom book sets. As an English teacher, this is a sad trend to witness. Teachers, including myself, will often purchase the books one at a time. However, it is costly to keep up a full classroom set. Each year I ask students to purchase novels and donate them when they can. I had success with this at a school I previously taught at in Kentucky. Then, I moved to a new district in North Carolina and the students here just did not have the funds to buy their own books. I found myself cutting and taping pages together, in an attempt to make the old yellowed classroom sets work. We finally just decided to read it online. The students expressed to me many times that they like the feel of holding a book in their hands. It was the feeling of turning pages in a novel and holding it up to see how many pages I had accomplished reading, that made me fall in love with reading as a child. I know it is still the same with students today. They need to feel that connection with the book, so I am asking for donations of the novel To Kill a Mockingbird, to keep novels in the classroom. Upon completing a novel, students design and create their own board games based on the characters and themes in the novel. We spend one class day playing the games, which they thoroughly enjoy. The rely heavily on the few printed copies I have of the copies of To Kill a Mockingbird to help them create their board games.

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